"Nothing can keep him away from the music…nothing slows his creativity or will to make MORE of it – but at the same time, with a song like “Final Curtain” – you have to certainly recognize that Roger has stared down the face of his mortality head-on and perhaps realities or perspectives are changing as a result.  I honestly found “Final Curtain” to remind me more of a song like Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” than anything else…even though the two songs are in completely different styles, thematically these objects might be closer than they appear in the mirror.  There are many clues inside this song that, if written from an intensely personal place as Roger often does…might actually cause genuine worry amongst his fans.  The lyrical imagery & descriptions in the emotions and feelings experienced in the main storyline of “Final Curtain” are heartbreakingly real, brilliantly insightful & honestly observational.  I dig the rhythm of the muted-strings and the kick-in to the song’s main energy & riffs…the beginning of “Final Curtain” is super-strong and the groove in this beat never quits from there.  Solid transitions, harmonies are well-placed and the overall ideas of this song are truly bulletproof; it might be a little lower-fi in the production than some of the tunes I’ve heard from RC & PB together – but that might be purposeful as it seems to really fit the style of the sound of “Final Curtain.”  I had a few moments where I felt like the drums from Joe Travers might be gettin’ a bit chaotic back there…but most of the time I appreciated the added energy, enthusiasm and power they put into this tune.  Roger has fantastic moments on the vocals in this song, both in the verse itself and even more exceptional moments within the backing-layers where he really lets it out with tones and ‘ohhhhhhs’ that fit the atmosphere 100%...

I will leave you with some of Roger’s own words to end this review today…because I think in a way this particular line says a lot about him and his endless passion, respect and love for music…perhaps even a strong hint as to why he’s doing all that he does & gets out of bed the next day to do it all again but twice as hard…  He says in the song’s chorus:  “The story’s long since over, but the encore never ends.”

The music will always live on.  Long may you run brother-man." ~ exerpts from Jeremy Gladstone's SBS review of 'Final Curtain'


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